Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley is accusing his former agent and an AAU coach of conspiring to forge a relationship with him from the age of 14 and giving his mother improper cash benefits while Beasley starred at Kansas State, all in an effort to land the basketball prodigy as a client.
Beasley laid out the allegations in a lawsuit filed in Maryland a month ago in response to agent Joel Bell’s wrongful termination lawsuit against him. Beasley said Bell gave his mother living expenses when he went to school there, which would likely violate NCAA rules and federal regulations governing sports agents.
The Associated Press left messages for attorneys representing Beasley and Bell seeking comment. Both an attorney for AAU coach Curtis Malone and Malone himself vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
“The allegations of impropriety against Mr. Malone are baseless as a matter of law and he denies them,” attorney Bill Heyman said.
A Kansas State spokesman wrote in an email to the AP that the school is aware of the lawsuit “but at this time we have no further information on which to comment.”
Beasley headed to Kansas State in 2007, where his mother, Fatima Smith, alleges that Bell called her to inquire about her rent and car payments and “told her they would be taken care of, and they were. Ms. Smith never made a rent or car payment entire freshman year as a player at Kansas State,” the lawsuit said.